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  • 1.
    Bellman, Lina
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
    Ekholm, Sara
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Giritli Nygren, Katarina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Hemmingsson, Olov
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Jarnkvist, Karin
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Kvarnlöf, Linda
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Olofsson, Anna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    ֖hman, Peter
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.
    Climate Change, Insurance, and Households: A Literature Review2016Report (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Danielsson, Erna
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Petridou, Evangelia
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Olofsson, Anna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Große, Christine
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Systems and Technology.
    Röslmaier, Michael
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.
    Risk Communication: A Comparative Study of Eight EU Countries2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    How do EU member states communicate risks to their citizens? In this study, we define risk communication as the information provided by different levels of government to citizens regarding possible future crises. The questions serving as departure points for this study are as follows: How is the administrative system for risk communication set up in the countries studied? How the different risk communication campaigns are (provided that they exist) embedded in the larger administrative context? How is risk communication strategy formulated in each country and what kind of threats are emphasized? In order to tackle these questions, we examine the risk communication strategy of eight countries: Sweden, Finland, Germany, England, France, Estonia, Greece and Cyprus. Our data consist of governmental web sites, publications, campaigns, as well as other modes of communication, such as videos posted on YouTube, with questions centering on institutional actors, methods of delivery, content, and effectiveness. We acknowledge that risk communication aims at supporting vulnerable populations and evening out imbalances, but at the same time we flesh out the power dimension of risk. In our analysis, we search for reproduction of norms and social inequality in risk communication practices. The results show that some patterns emerge regarding the way different EU countries convey information to the public, but they do not hold strictly to geography or administrative system. Digital media are the foremost vehicle of risk communication and the message generally conveyed is geared towards traditional, middle class households with the main language of the country as their first language. Volunteer organizations are present in all the countries in question, though not at the same degree. The conveyance of “self-protection” guidelines implicitly places the responsibility of protection to the individual. The results also show that in some countries, materiality has become more prevalent than the social dimension of risk in the message the public sector conveys, and that there is a move from focusing on risk to focusing on security.

  • 3.
    Kolmodin, Sophie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Andersson, Caroline
    Preparing for climate change and hazards: Individual houseowners trust in local authorities and private entrepreneurs2019In: International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, E-ISSN 2212-4209, Vol. 41, article id 101277Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A changing climate that entails a growing number of hazards poses a challenge to communities across the world. Particularly exploited areas in mountain and maritime zones have become increasingly vulnerable. Homeowners in such areas has been identified as key actors in the pursuit of robust communities, though large groups of people tend to trust mainly in the risk management of local authorities. In order to achieve a better understanding in how individual homeowners address risks related to their properties and the ways in which they put their trust in the risk management in different actors, not only public authorities, we conducted interviews with homeowners in Sweden's largest ski resort, Åre, in recent years affected by an increasing number of landslides. The empirical findings show that households have different targets of trust during different stages of a crisis, which also aligns with previous research. While the respondents worried about the overall development in the area, their main concerns were related to their properties and how a harsher climate would affect their economic value. The homeowners furthermore expressed that their trust in the municipality and the local entrepreneur that runs the ski resort is low when it comes to crisis management. Yet rural populations in general are used to handle crises on their own, as assistance from authorities usually takes longer time. It is thus important that the municipality and local entrepreneurs assume responsibility not to jeopardize sustainability in future exploitations in the area in order to establish trust in relation to local homeowners. 

  • 4.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Avlägsen tillhörighet: Om skapande och upprätthållande av platstillhörighet bland georgiska internflyktingar från Abkhazien: Distant belongings: On the maintaining and creation of place attachment among Georgian IDPs from Abkhazia2014In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, E-ISSN 1891-1773, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 215-237Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Today nearly 250 000 people are displaced within Georgia as a result of armed ethnic conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the 1990s and the Georgian-Russian war in 2008. During the time in displacement bonds to places of temporary living are created and new generations are born. At least one fifth of the internally displaced in Georgia are children and adolescents below 18 years of age. Many of them have never seen the homes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia where they are expected, by their parents and by the Georgian government, to return to if circumstances for return are created. The purpose of this article is to explore attitudes on belonging among Georgian IDP youth and their parents. How is attachment to a »native home» created and maintained over a protracted period of time when this place in general is inaccessible? The study of intergenerational value discrepancies among IDPs in Georgia is based on individual and group interviews with parents (n=19) and adolescents (n=39) living in the region bordering Abkhazia, conducted in February 2012. Research on migrants is generally based on segregated age groups; with its intergenerational scope, this study is therefore an important contribution to research on forcibly displaced populations.

  • 5.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Borders as Spaces of Risk: Power and Otherness along the Georgian-Abkhazian Boundary Line2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    While most research on borders and security issues is centred on preventing unwanted risk objects to enter the territory, this study departs from the opposite angle, and focuses on young migrants navigating the consequences of war and ethnic conflict.

    Around 50 000 ethnic Georgians have returned to southern Abkhazia after the 1992-93 conflict that caused the forced displacement of more than half of the population of the former autonomous Abkhazian republic. The Russian-Abkhazian border control along the administrative boundary line between Abkhazia and Georgia poses an obstacle to young people from returnee families who are studying in Georgia proper. This study, that builds on ethnographic fieldwork and five in-depth qualitative interviews with young people aged 18-25, aims to examine the strategies and practices employ to cross the border. To reach their homes in Abkhazia they need to navigate through riskscapes - landscapes or physical settings embedded with multiple layers of risk. Depending on their social positions (gender, ethnicity, citizenship, age) different riskscapes are unfolded. To handle riskscapes these young people change adopt preventive measures; they change routes and behavior. 

  • 6.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Boundaries of displacement: Belonging and Return among Forcibly Displaced Young Georgians from Abkhazia2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation explores the implications of borders and boundaries for how forcibly displaced young Georgians from Abkhazia understand issues of belonging and return. My theoretical framework draws from theories on home and belonging as well as theories on border and boundary making, and locates them in geographies of uncertainty – or riskscapes – areas characterized by conflict and/or inequality. Empirical data was collected through two sets of interviews in Zugdidi near the border to Abkhazia and a questionnaire survey in Zugdidi and the capital Tbilisi. These data have been analysed through both qualitative and quantitative methods.

     

    The young respondents providing material for this research do not constitute a homogenous group. Some of the respondents have family still living in Abkhazia or even partly grew up in the area; others have never been there. The primary goal of the Georgian government has been that the displaced population should return to their homes, and the government’s efforts for local integration has long been insufficient. Since no peace accords have been signed, a lack of security prevents a large-scale return. Notwithstanding increased border controls that have made it difficult to visit former homes, some young people still cross the de facto border. By doing this they contest both the Abkhazian de facto authorities and the border as a symbol of separation and differentiation, while claiming a right to belong in Abkhazia. Property and social relations in Abkhazia contribute to stronger connections and an imperative to return. On the other hand, experience of hardship in contemporary Abkhazia has resulted in some young people not considering return as a viable option. Youth who never visited Abkhazia depend mainly on other peoples’ memories and political discourse to create emotional bonds to the area their parents fled and to form their ideas of return. Results from the quantitative survey indicate that youth living in Tbilisi, closer to the political centre, to a higher extent intend to return than their peers in Zugdidi. Meanwhile young people’s experiences of everyday life in current dwellings in relative stability create emotional bonds to their present place of living. These experiences challenge both collective processes and experiences from Abkhazia when it comes to maintaining the desire to return.

     

    This research offers insights into the human consequences of war and conflict. More specifically, this dissertation sheds light on how young internally displaced persons (IDPs) are living in a borderland (in both temporal and spatial terms) characterized by uncertainty-- between the past and the future as well as between Georgia and Abkhazia. Practices of exclusion and segregation are constitutive of the borders and boundaries that permeate life experiences of the forcibly displaced youth. Furthermore, these borders and boundaries are situated in riskscapes of disputed belongings, which makes this borderland more or less stable for different groups of IDPs. This dissertation contributes to an increased understanding of how political aspirations and personal desire to return preserves instability and uncertainty as long as return is not possible. 

  • 7.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Crossing the border: An intergenerational study on belonging and temporary return among IDPs from Abkhazia2015In: Security, Democracy and Development in the Southern Caucasus and the Black Sea Region / [ed] Nodia, Ghia; Stefes, Christoph H., Bern, Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015, p. 229-248Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    More than 250 000 people are displaced within the borders of Georgia today. The majority of the displaced fled the armed ethnic conflicts in Abkhazia in the 1990s. The administrative boundary line between Georgia and Abkhazia has, in effect, turned into a de facto state border but Georgians displaced from Abkhazia have continued to cross the boundary to enter Abkhazia for longer or shorter durations. This study addresses the motives for crossing the boundary and its significance for how people understand their belonging.

  • 8.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Crossing the Border: An Inter-generational Study on Belonging and Temporary Return among IDPs from Abkhazia2012Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Crossing  the  Border: An Intergenerational Study on Belonging and Temporary Returns among Internally Displaced from Abkhazia2013Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Distant Belongings: On Maintaining and Creation of Attachment to a Place Distant in Time and Space2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Everyday life and risk in an unresolved conflict zone: the case of Abkhazia2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Everyday life and risk in unrecognized space2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Micro-Level Research in the Unresolved Conflict Zone: Methodological and Ethical Implications2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this presentation I will draw on several years of explorative research into everyday lives in Abkhazia. While the vast majority of research on the de facto states is focused on the frozen conflicts and their resolution, their juridical status as well as both internal and external political relations; examples of scholarly studies analyzing micro level aspects of everyday life inside these areas are few. We can imagine that living in a de facto state has its specific characteristics related to consequences deriving from as well unresolved conflict as economic and political isolation. Knowledge about everyday life in Abkhazia originates mainly from online news media and NGO reports. In the latter, economic hardship, the lack of personal security and arbitrary treatment by local authorities is stressed as the most common threats to human wellbeing. Furthermore, these reports often focus on human rights, an important but in effect not particularly analytical approach.  

    This presentation therefore aims to offer a critical alternative to news and NGO reporting by exploring how unrecognition and unresolved conflict are embodied in the everyday life experiences of Abkhazian residents. The empirical material derives from fieldwork in Gagra, Gal(i) and Sukhum(i) in 2014, 2015 and 2017 and includes interviews with respondents from the major ethnic groups in Abkhazia. I suggest that through the use of intersectional risk theory we can discern how lingering tensions and structural inequalities between different groups result in, among other things, differing patterns of mobility and unequal life chances. Moreover this presentation addresses the very conditions for doing research that involves ordinary residents inside Abkhazia and that also implies both ethical and methodological challenges, along with difficulties of access.

  • 14.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Personal risk perception and experiences of risk among Georgian youth in Gali district, Abkhazia2014Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Scholarly research and reports from international organizations underline the lack of security as one of the major problems in current day breakaway region of Abkhazia. Most ethnic Georgians left Abkhazia due to the armed conflict in 1992-93, but around 46 000 have returned, mainly to the Gali district in southern Abkhazia, on a more or less permanent basis. Lack of personal security along with arbitrary treatment by local legal authorities is mentioned as some of the most common violations of human rights of ethnic Georgians in Gali. Being Georgian in Abkhazia is thus related to risk, if we interpret risk as something that might entail considerable personal consequences. However, perceptions of risks are often subjective and depend on individual experiences. This study addresses the perception of personal risks among young Georgians with recent experiences of living in Abkhazia. What do they experience as risks inside Abkhazia? How are risks experienced? What are their motives for risky behavior or actions? The study is based on six in-depth qualitative interviews along with a focus group interview with young Georgians (aged 18-30) with recent experience of living in Abkhazia. Some respondents commute between Gali and Zugdidi for studies on a daily or weekly basis, whereas others recently moved to other parts of Georgia after living a longer period in Abkhazia. The interviews were conducted in Zugdidi and Tbilisi in May 2014. The results show that there are differences in risk perception among the respondents. The differences mainly depend on gender and/or respondent’s legal status in Abkhazia. Despite the risks, some respondents nonetheless plan a future permanently living in Abkhazia. This sociological study of risk contributes to research on individual risk perception and motives for risk behavior in zones of conflict and ethnic dispute.

  • 15.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Place matters: return intentions among forcibly displaced young Georgians from Abkhazia living in Tbilisi and Zugdidi2016In: Caucasus survey, ISSN 2376-1199, E-ISSN 2376-1202, Vol. 4, no 2, p. 129-148Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Around 250,000 people are internally displaced within Georgia today as a consequence of violent conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in the early 1990s and the Georgian-Russian war in 2008. The majority of the internally displaced persons originate from Abkhazia, which declared independence in 1999. While the conflict is still unresolved, the majority of those who fled remain displaced, most of them living in the vicinity of the capital Tbilisi, or in Zugdidi and the Samegrelo region bordering Abkhazia. The aim of this article is to study actors that impact on young people’s intentions to return to Abkhazia, with a focus on youth presently living in the Tbilisi and Zugdidi areas. The study is based on a quantitative survey (n = 131) with youth aged 18–25 years, who were displaced when very young, or who were born in displacement, have few or no memories of prior residences, and may have different opinions on returning from their parents. A chi-square analysis was used to measure differences among the respondents’ intentions to return permanently to Abkhazia within five years, in relation to their reasons for returning and factors in the past and the present. There was a significant association between return intentions and the current place of residence (Tbilisi or Zugdidi), with Tbilisi respondents more inclined towards return. Separate chi-square analyses for the two cities showed that different factors (birthplace, property in Abkhazia, socio-economic conditions, reasons for return and so on) have different impact on the return intentions of the respondents from the two cities, which allows us to conclude that place matters in thinking about post-conflict return trajectories.

  • 16.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Rasism mot samer på SVT Jämtlands Facebooksida2017Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Den 16 mars öppnade utställningen ”Vad ska bort – främlingsfientlighet, rasism eller kolonialism?” på församlingshemmet i Funäsdalen i samband med de samiska fest- och kulturdagarna 2017. 

    I utställningen, som satts samman av stiftelsen Gaaltije Sydsamiskt kulturcentrum, åskådliggörs den samiska situationen i det svenska kolonialsamhället i dag, och baseras på skildringar från traditionella massmedier, sociala medier samt styrregler och andra officiella dokument och skrifter. 

    Den visar många exempel på den rasism som direkt riktas mot samer i dag. Samtidigt pågår normalisering av rasism i medierna. 

    Ett färskt exempel är när SVT Jämtland på eftermiddagen 15 mars publicerade ett inslag på sin Facebooksida som handlade om problemen för Tossåsens sameby med vargar i renbeteslandet. 

    Nästan i samma stund som inslaget publicerats började rasistiska kommentarer mot samer förekomma i kommentarsfältet. 

    Vi är kritiska till SVT:s redaktörskap när sådana kommentarer tillåts ligga uppe, då administratören för FB-sidan inte snabbt gick in och markerade vilka regler som gäller för deras kommentarsfält, på ett sätt så att rasistiska kommentarer kan stoppas. 

    Detta är ett exempel på normalisering av rasism mot samer i statliga medier. 

    Efter att kommentarerna legat kvar på sidan i cirka ett dygn uppmärksammade vi den ansvariga utgivaren på tonen i kommentarsfälten. Några av de grövre rasistiska kommentarerna togs bort, men nedvärderande kommentarer mot samer ligger fortsatt kvar. 

    Som vi ser det finns det stor anledning för SVT Jämtland att, utifrån kunskap om hur rasism normaliseras i samhället, kritiskt granska sitt eget utgivar- och administratörsansvar.

    Angelika Sjöstedt Landén 

    Minna Lundgren

    lektorer och forskare vid avdelningen för samhällsvetenskap, Mittuniversitetet

  • 17.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Riskscapes: Strategies and Practices along the Georgian-Abkhazian Boundary Line2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    While most research on borders and security issues is centred on preventing unwanted risk objects to enter the territory, this study departs from the opposite angle, and focuses on young migrants navigating the consequences of war and ethnic conflict.

    Around 50 000 ethnic Georgians have returned to southern Abkhazia after the 1992-93 conflict that caused the forced displacement of more than half of the population of the former autonomous Abkhazian republic. The Russian-Abkhazian border control along the administrative boundary line between Abkhazia and Georgia poses an obstacle to young people from returnee families who are studying in Georgia proper. This study, that builds on ethnographic fieldwork and five in-depth qualitative interviews with young people aged 18-25, aims to examine the strategies and practices employ to cross the border. To reach their homes in Abkhazia they need to navigate through riskscapes - landscapes or physical settings embedded with multiple layers of risk. Depending on their social positions (gender, ethnicity, citizenship, age) different riskscapes are unfolded. To handle riskscapes these young people change adopt preventive measures; they change routes and behavior. 

  • 18.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Riskscapes: Strategies and practices along the Georgian-Abkhazian boundary line and inside Abkhazia2018In: Journal of Borderlands Studies, ISSN 0886-5655, E-ISSN 2159-1229, Vol. 33, no 4, p. 637-654Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The Georgian–Abkhazian war in 1992–1993 caused the forced displacement of around half of the population of the former autonomous Abkhazian republic. Over 200,000 of them were ethnic Georgians, out of whom at least 46,000 have returned mainly to southern Abkhazia. Abkhazia today functions as a de facto independent state, and the Russian–Abkhazian border control along the administrative boundary line between Abkhazia and Georgia poses an obstacle to young people from returnee families who are studying in Georgia proper and want to visit their families in Abkhazia. This study focuses on young migrants navigating the consequences of war and ethnic conflict on human mobility in the border area. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and five in-depth qualitative interviews with young people aged 18–25 years, the aim is to examine the strategies and practices that the young respondents employ to cross the border. To reach their homes in Abkhazia they need to navigate through riskscapes—landscapes or physical settings embedded with multiple layers of risk. Depending on their social positions (gender, ethnicity, citizenship, age) different riskscapes are unfolded. To handle riskscapes these young people adopt preventive measures; they change routes and behavior.

  • 19.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Röster om krig2016In: Makten att berätta: om tal och tystnad i tid och rum / [ed] Karin Jarnkvist & Anna Molin, Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University , 2016, p. 93-104Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 20.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Tourism in Contested Abkhazia: Internal Peace and External Challenges2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The demise of the Soviet Union brought fifteen new independent states, but also a number of ethno-territorial conflicts. One of those conflicts occured in Abkhazia, a former autonomous republic within the Georgian SSR and a popular tourist paradise. The war against Georgia in 1992-93 caused the displacement of most of the ethnic Georgians along with other non-Abkhaz minority groups, and infrastructure and tourism industry were heavily damaged.

     

    The development of tourism industry in Abkhazia started after Russia conquered the Caucasus from the Ottoman Empire. Located on the Black Sea coast and the western end of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Ridge, Abkhazia offered both seaside and fresh mountain air to an increasing Russian middle class. Mountain camps, seaside resorts and spas were built to give imperial tourists a convenient introduction to the exotic Abkhazia. Many Russian intellectuals and politicians spent their summers in Akbhazia. This tradition continued during Soviet times; some of the prominent officials from the Communist Party had dachas on secluded spots along the coast. Intellectuals from different disciplines gathered in the capital Sukhumi during the warm season. Apart from the natural beauty of Abkhazia, Soviet era tourism in the region was furthermore focused on displaying a socialist paradise, a theme also depicted in both movies and litterature.

     

    During the first ten years after the war against Georgia Abkhazia was under a world wide trade embargo that was lifted only by Russia in 2004. The lifting of the embargo along with Russia recognizing Abkhazian independence in 2008 brought along investments and a return of Russian tourists. Infrastructure and tourist attractions were restored, and opportunities for employment and small businesses improved. Due to the difficulties to access Abkhazia, the de facto government has also put an effort in developing opportunities for virtual tourism, where the beauty of the area can be experienced on distance through texts, photos and videos. Within this project Abkhazian pre-Soviet history is portayed as cosmopolitan, at the cross-roads of empires. An area where people from several ethnic groups lived and contributed to trade and culture. In the post-Soviet narrative however, the multiethnic society of current as well as Soviet days is rarely mentioned. Abkhazian space is highly politicized and focused on an inherent Abkhazianness. While the dachas of communist officials has been either privatized or turned into tourist attractions, the Soviet past is otherwise rarely present in current Abkhazian narratives. The restauration of tourism industry in Abkhazia has contributed to social development and thus to inner stability, and moreover also to resilience in relation to external threats. On the other hand, the current Abkhazian narrative reinforces a conflict oriented perspective promoting ethnic Abkhaz and omitting other ethnic groups. The aim of this presentation is to discuss the possibilities for Abkhazian tourism industry to contribute to a lasting stability and peaceful development in the region. 

  • 21.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Welcome Refugees? Syrian Repatriates in Abkhazia2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    At the time when Abkhazia was incorporated into the Russian Empire in the 1860s many Muslim Abkhaz, Muhaiirs, were driven out and found refuge notably in Turkey but also in Syria and Jordan. These diaspora Abkhaz have been subject to a repatriation campaign initiated by the Abkhazian de facto authorities in the aftermath of the war against Georgia in 1992-93 that radically altered the demographic situation of the territory. More than half of the population fled the territory, among them most of the ethnic Georgians. The most recent population census, the result of which have been questioned, gives that by early 2011, more than 50 per cent of the 240 000 people living in Abkhazia are ethnic Abkhaz. Yet the Abkhazian authorities de facto authorities aim to retain and strengthen the position of dominant ethnicity through the demographic change that migration has created to their benefit and by encouraging repatriation of ethnic Abkhaz living in other parts of the world. While some diasporic Abkhaz resettled in Abkhazia during the 1990s, economic hardship and the difficulties to integrate within the war torn Abkhazian society, led to a repeated emigration from their ancestral homeland. However the current situation of war and turmoil in Syria has seen a new influx of people with Abkhaz roots, accompanied by a repatriation and integration programme consisting of accommodation, language classes, food and monthly monetary allowances.

     

    Whereas Abkhazian authorities view these people as repatriates, they are considered refugees in accordance with international humanitarian law. While many Western countries slightly reluctantly accept Syrian refugees and asylum seekers into their territories, the Abkhazian authorities officially views the act of welcoming Syrian refugees with Abkhazian ancestry as both an act of solidarity and a homecoming. People claiming an ethnic Abkhaz identity are generally accepted as Abkhazian citizens. But are these Syrian Abkhaz actually allowed to “belong” among other Abkhazian citizens? What are the foundations of their experiences of belonging in Abkhazia? This study builds on interviews with Abkhazian officials, NGO workers, local Abkhazians and Syrian repatriates living in or around the Abkhazian capital Sukhum(i). Drawing on Nira Yuval-Davis’ theories on the politics of belonging as situated temporally, spatially and intersectionally, the respondents’ views on and experiences of belonging in Abkhazia are analysed in conjunction with current historical, political and economic processes. The result shows that there are group specific differences concerning the views on diasporic Abkhaz in Abkhazia. These views largely correspond to the respondents various positions in relation to political power and influence in Abkhazia, and their interests in retaining the dominant position of ethnic Abkhaz inside Abkhazia, or on competing for resources (livelihoods, state subsidies etc.). 

  • 22.
    Lundgren, Minna
    et al.
    Umeå universitet.
    Blom, Björn
    Morén, Stefan
    Perlinski, Marek
    Från integrering till specialisering: om organisering av socialtjänstens individ- och familjeomsorg 1988-20082009In: Socialvetenskaplig Tidskrift, no 2, p. 162-183Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 23.
    Lundgren, Minna
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lidén, Gustav
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Not in my backyard: Integration and xenophobia in a local housing project in Östersund2018Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Lundgren, Minna
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Sjöstedt Landén, Angelika
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Olofsson, Anna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Lexhagen, Maria
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Tourism Studies and Geography.
    Jonsson, Ummmis
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    #miunjubfest - att berätta en historia och att skriva historien2016In: Makten att berätta: om tal och tystnad i tid och rum / [ed] Karin Jarnkvist & Anna Molin, Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University , 2016, p. 24-31Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 25. Morén, Stefan
    et al.
    Blom, Björn
    Lundgren, Minna
    Umeå universitet.
    Perlinski, Marek
    Specialisering eller integration?: En studie av socialarbetares syn på arbetsvillkor och insatser i tre organisationsformer2010In: Socialvetenskaplig Tidskrift, no 2, p. 189-209Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 26. Perlinski, Marek
    et al.
    Blom, Björn
    Morén, Stefan
    Lundgren, Minna
    Umeå universitet.
    The dialectics between specialization and integration: Politicians' and managers' views on forms of organization in the Swedish social services2011In: Administration in Social Work, ISSN 0364-3107, E-ISSN 1544-4376, Vol. 35, no 1, p. 60-87Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 27.
    Petridou, Evangelia
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Danielsson, Erna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Olofsson, Anna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Lundgren, Minna
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences.
    Große, Christine
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Systems and Technology.
    If Crisis or War Comes: A Study of Risk Communication of Eight European Union Member States2019In: Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research, ISSN 2576-0025, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 207-232Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    How do European Union (EU) member states communicate risks to their citizens? In this study, we define risk communication as the information provided by different levels of government to citizens regarding possible future crises to which the general public might be subjected. We seek to answer the following questions: Are there any patterns in the risk communication strategies among EU member states in terms of the sender of information, the message conveyed, the method used, and the intended audience? Finally, to what extent is the state involved in ensuring the safety of its citizens? To tackle these questions, we examine the risk communication strategy of eight countries: Sweden, Finland, Germany, England, France, Estonia, Greece, and Cyprus. Our data consist of governmental web sites, publications, campaigns, and other modes of communication, such as videos posted on YouTube, with questions centering on institutional actors, methods of delivery, content, and effectiveness. We find that the institutional architecture of risk communication aligns with the broad administrative system of each member state. Countries tend to focus on risks that are specific to their context, with Sweden and, to a lesser extent, Germany having a special focus on consequences and providing guidelines to the public on how to survive for a certain period of time in the absence of the state. Especially in Sweden, though the state is a salient actor in risk communication through the dissemination of information at the agency level, the state retreats while urging the resilient citizen to take control of his or her own crisis management.

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